Senate Minority Leader and New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer told CNN’s State of the Union this Sunday morning that he is fully prepared to work to keep the currently vacant Supreme Court seat open should Trump nominate a characteristically Trump-ian Justice to the court.
He was speaking about the general Senate Democratic take on Trump’s nominees to fill his Cabinet when he went on to address the outstanding vacancy in the Supreme Court.
The New York Senator and new Senate Democratic Leader told CNN’s Jake Tapper:
‘If the nominee is out of the mainstream, we will do our best to keep the seat open. I’m hopeful that President Trump may nominate someone who is mainstream and could get bipartisan support. But if they don’t, yes, we will fight it tooth and nail, as long as we have to.’
Of Trump’s other picks to fill federal government vacancies, Schumer said that he plans on opposing eight or nine of Trump’s Cabinet nominees when they come up for a full Senate vote. He singled out Trump’s pick for U.S. Attorney General, Alabama’s U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, and Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, former Oklahoma State Attorney General Scott Pruitt, as especially reprehensible.
Sessions has a documented history of opposition to the advancement of basic issues of civil rights, and Pruitt has literally worked on behalf of the oil industry to sue the EPA on almost a dozen occasions in his capacity as Oklahoma’s Attorney General.
Schumer’s comments about his openness to blocking an incendiary Supreme Court nominee come in the context of Senate Republicans having worked for months to block now former President Obama from filling the still existent vacancy left by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death.
Senate Republicans claimed as reason for their efforts to block Obama’s Supreme Court nominee an imaginary concept that the next president should be the one to fill the Supreme Court vacancy because Obama’s term was so close to its end when the vacancy arose.
Check out Schumer’s Sunday morning appearance on CNN below.
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